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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: July 18, 2017.
Webpage updated: July 18, 2017

        

EDUCATION IN OLD PLYMOUTH  |  PLYMOUTH SCHOOL BOARD

ATTENDANCE OFFICERS

At the beginning of the 20th century, just before they were disbanded, the Plymouth School Board employed seven Attendance Officers to look after the attendance of all children whether they went to a Board school or a voluntary funded one.

The job involved a great deal of walking and considerable tact and energy, so in 1901 it was decided that in future such officers should be between the ages of 28 and 40 when they were appointed and required to retire at 65.  The current officers of that age were not required to retire at that age.

It would seem that the Attendance Officers were all on different rates of pay.  The superintendent in charge of them got 106 a year and would get annual increments up to a maximum of 130.  One of the Attendance Officers received 26s per week; three of them were paid 27s per week; one was paid 28s a week and the last took home 30s per week.  Each would receive an increment of 1s a week per year up to a maximum of 35s.